County keeps same tax rate, okays budget

CAMERON—Milam County Commissioners, meeting Monday in the courthouse, okayed a 60-cent tax rate for 2012, same as the current rate.

Commissioners also okayed a 2013 general fund budget of $11,181,227, an increase of $886,400 from the current year.

Total expenditures in all county budgets was pegged at $18.3 million.

County Judge Dave Barkemeyer noted the tax rate would remain the same even though there’s an $860,000 shortfall in property taxes, compared to last year.

He said sales tax revenue and an estimated $600,000 in revenue from the county’s contract to house Coryell County inmates are expected to make up the difference.

The 60-cent tax rate includes 56.2039 cents for maintenance and operations and 3.7961 cents for debt service.

Barkemeyer recently held a series of public meetings concerning the tax rate and budget throughout the county.

In other business Monday, commissioners:

• Approved salaries of the county auditor and district court reporter.

• Deputized Cindy Vrazel in the district clerk’s office.

• Appointed Precinct 4 Commissioner Jeff Muegge to represent Milam County at regional healthcare partnership meetings.

• Continued with plans to refinance county debt—expected to eventually save taxpayers more than $400,000 in interest—by delegating three officials to execute documents relating to the sale of bonds.

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